Summer Camp Positions

Senior Camp Counselor/Sustainable Agriculture Intern
Junior Camp Counselor/Sustainable Agriculture Intern


Senior Camp Counselor/Sustainable Agriculture Intern

Organization:  Gorman Heritage Farm, Cincinnati, OH

Contact:  Evan Brothers, Program Manager

camp@gormanfarm.org

Internship Description: Gorman Heritage Farm is seeking six (6) paid summer interns to join our creative, experienced, and dedicated staff for 11 weeks in the summer of 2017.

Interns will gain valuable experience in farm-based environmental education.

  • Interns’ primary responsibility is to lead nine week-long sessions of farm camp as well as planning theme camps, leading tours, and working in our gardens and farmyard. Interns will guide campers from a variety of backgrounds and ages (4—15 years).  Camps focus on daily farm chores, hands-on nature exploration, garden and cooking activities, and camp favorites like songs, games, and crafts.
  • Interns will gain experience working in a cooperative, supportive, and educational working environment with other interns and farm staff.
  • Interns will use their creativity and skills to plan and lead at least one, one-week themed camp such as a cooking, art, science, or wilderness camp.
  • Interns will gain valuable mentorship and leadership/management skills working with Junior Counselors (ages 16—18) and Counselors-in-Training (ages 13—15).
  • Interns will learn about and participate in farm operations and animal care. During non-camp time, interns will be given the opportunity to: work with our gardeners, farmers and volunteers; to grow, harvest, and market produce using organic methods; and produce eggs and meat using family-scale methods.
  • Interns will participate in workshops/classes pertaining to different environmental issues.
  • Interns will plan and implement small projects relating to sustainability on the Farm.
  • Interns will also assist with at least one public weekend special event.
  • There will be opportunities to share one’s own skills and experiences with campers, volunteers, staff, and interns from other local organizations.
  • Interns receive one full week of paid training and team building. There will also be one paid week of team building during the week of July 4th.

Description of Site:

Gorman Heritage Farm is an educational working farm in the Village of Evendale, just north of Cincinnati, Ohio.  This 122-acre not-for-profit farm provides people the opportunity to explore and learn the history, methods, and values of a working family farm in a natural setting.

Gorman Heritage Farm promotes:

  • Hands-on education for people of all ages (particularly local students) about agriculture, local habitats, and the value of manual labor
  • The preservation of a distinct regional identity and local traditions, specifically the history of Gorman Heritage Farm and values of the Gorman family that helped it flourish
  • An understanding of modern food systems and how sustainable agriculture, the consumption of locally grown food, and responsible land use can support a healthy society
  • The entrepreneurial spirit that seeks new avenues for self-sustaining business opportunities
  • Community building that highlights the essential connections between people, land, and meaningful labor

General and Specific Responsibilities:

  • Lead a group of 6—11 campers around the farm, lead small and large group activities, and supervise campers’ participation in structured activities
  • Responsible for knowing the location of all of your campers during camp hours
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and fulfill the needs of the campers to the best of your ability
  • Interact appropriately with campers and staff in a variety of situations
  • Appropriately model behavior and use positive behavior-management techniques, including: enthusiasm, a positive attitude, patience, a sense of humor, and self-control
  • Mentor Junior Counselors and Counselors-in-Training
  • Help with morning set-up and afternoon clean-up of camp areas
  • Required attendance at the scheduled training sessions and camp staff meetings
  • Responsible for being an active part of all activities (i.e. lunchtime games, egg collecting, produce harvesting)
  • Plan at least one themed camp
  • Participate in workshops and projects with other counselors to build a better understanding of life on a working Farm as well as build different skill sets in a variety of topics in local/sustainable agriculture and environmental education
  • Work at least one day of an event weekend

Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working with children (required) preferably in a day camp setting
  • Preferred applicants will have completed at least one year of college
  • A marked ability to plan programs and conduct activities
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and also work independently
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated interest in the environment, agriculture, sustainability, and education
  • Creativity and open-mindedness
  • The ability to be flexible and “go-with-the-flow”
  • Special skills and experiences such as cooking, arts and crafts, construction/building,
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • Current certifications in standard first aid and community CPR are preferred

Experience: Experience with children, farming and/or gardening preferred or related college experience

Responsible to: Camp Coordinator & Program Manager

Location:  10052 Reading Rd. Evendale, OH (just north of Cincinnati city limits)
Duration: May 24—August 5, 2016
Hours:  40 hours per week; 8:00am – 4:00pm M-F.
Compensation:  $2,000 stipend

Application Procedure:  Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the name, relationship, and email addresses of three references. Please email these materials to our Program Manager at camp@gormanfarm.org with subject line [FULL NAME] – Senior Counselor Application 2017.

Accepting Applications: We will start accepting applications Thursday, January 5, 2017
Deadline:  Ongoing, until positions are filled

Email camp@gormanfarm.org with any inquiries.


Junior Camp Counselor/Sustainable Agriculture Intern

Organization: Gorman Heritage Farm, Cincinnati, OH

Contact: Evan Brothers, Program Manager, camp@gormanfarm.org

Internship Description: Gorman Heritage Farm is seeking five (5) paid Junior Camp Counselors/Interns to join our creative, experienced, and dedicated staff for 11 weeks during the summer of 2017.

Junior counselors will gain valuable experience in farm-based education.

  • The Junior Counselor’s primary responsibility is to assist Senior Counselors in leading ten week-long sessions of farm camp. Junior Counselors will gain experience with campers from a variety of backgrounds and ages (4-15 years). Camps focus on daily farm chores, hands-on nature exploration, and camp favorites like songs, games, and crafts.
  • Junior Counselors will gain experience working in a cooperative, supportive, and educational working environment.
  • They will have the opportunity to lead activities and assist in planning camp activities.
  • Junior Counselors will learn about and participate in farm operations and animal care. They will also have the opportunity to assist with public special events on the farm.
  • There will be opportunities to share one’s own skills and experiences with campers, volunteers, staff, and interns from other local organizations.
  • Junior Counselors receive one week of paid training. There will also be a paid team building activity/trip during the week of July 4th.
  • Junior Counselors will have the opportunity to participate in workshops/classes pertaining to different environmental issues.
  • Junior Counselors will have the opportunity to plan and implement small projects relating to sustainability on the Farm.

Description of Site:

Gorman Heritage Farm is an educational working farm in the Village of Evendale, just north of

Cincinnati, Ohio. This 122 acre non-profit farm provides the opportunity to explore and learn the history, methods, and values of a working family farm in a natural setting.

Gorman Heritage Farm promotes:

  • Hands-on education for people of all ages (particularly local students) about agriculture, local habitats, and the value of manual labor
  • The preservation of a distinct regional identity and local traditions, specifically the history of

Gorman Heritage Farm and the values of the Gorman family that helped it flourish

  • An understanding of modern food systems and how sustainable agriculture, the consumption of locally grown food, and responsible land use can support a healthy society
  • The entrepreneurial spirit that seeks new avenues for self-sustaining business opportunities
  • Community building that highlights the essential connections between people, land, and meaningful labor

General and Specific Responsibilities:

  • Assist Senior Counselors in leading a group of 6-11 campers around the farm, assist in leading small and large group activities, and help supervise campers’ participation in structured activities
  • Responsible for knowing the location of all of your campers during camp hours
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and fulfill the needs of the campers to the best of your ability
  • Interact appropriately with campers in a variety of situations
  • Appropriately model behavior and use positive behavior-management techniques, including: enthusiasm, positive attitude, patience, a sense of humor, and self-control
  • Help with morning set-up and afternoon clean-up of camp areas
  • Required attendance at the scheduled training sessions and after-camp staff meetings
  • Responsible for being active in all aspects of camp preparation and implementation
  • Plan and lead activities for campers throughout the camp week

Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working with children
  • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age by May 24th
  • A marked ability to assist in planning and implementing programs for campers
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and also independently
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated interest in the environment, sustainability, agriculture and education
  • Passion for the natural world and working with children
  • Flexibility and creativity
  • Special skills and experience such as cooking, singing/music, arts and crafts, building/construction is a plus but not required

Experience: Experience with children, camp, and animals preferred

Responsible to: Senior Farm Camp Counselors, Camp Coordinator, Program Manager

Location: 10052 Reading Road, Evendale, OH (just north of Cincinnati city limits)

Duration: May 24—August 5, 2017 (11 weeks)

Hours: 40 hours per week; 8:00am – 4:00pm M-F

Compensation: $1,300 stipend for the summer

Training:

  • June 3rd is a mandatory training day from 8:00am – 5:00pm at Gorman Heritage Farm.
  • Camp Training Week is May 29th through June 2nd. If you are available please come after school until 4:00pm each day for training.

Application Procedure: Please submit a cover letter and resume. There is not a separate application. Please email these materials to our Program Manager at camp@gormanfarm.org with subject line [FULL NAME] – Junior Counselor Application 2017.

Accepting Applications: We will begin accepting applications Thursday, January 5th, 2017.

Deadline:  Ongoing, until positions are filled